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Official Opposition Expresses Concern over Screening Measures for Atlantic Bubble
According to comments of behalf of the Department of Health and Community Services to CBC NL, the province is “…not conducting health screening or a questionnaire upon entry."
Friday, July 3, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (July 3, 2020) – David Brazil, PC Opposition MHA for Conception Bay East – Bell Island and critic for Health and Community Services, is raising questions regarding the screening measures Newfoundland and Labrador has in place for the new Atlantic Bubble.

According to comments of behalf of the Department of Health and Community Services to CBC NL, the province is “…not conducting health screening or a questionnaire upon entry."

“This has us extremely concerned. Our province has sacrificed a great deal to ‘flatten the curve’ and the lack of screening or even a basic questionnaire upon entry is simply unacceptable. Jurisdictions such as Iceland and New Zealand that have also been successful in ‘flattening the curve’ have implemented testing regimes at their points of entry. It baffles us why we can’t implement something similar here at home,” says Brazil.

Reports have indicated that the province could relax its travel rules to the rest of the country on July 17th.

“The amount of cases in Atlantic Canada are very low, which is a testament to the hard work of those in community health and the people of our provinces. However, as we continue to open our province to other jurisdictions, we open ourselves to more risk. We feel that enhanced screening measures at our points of entry is a way to address this. No test is perfect, but it certainly will help reduce the risk to the most vulnerable Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” says Brazil.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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